The Home Advisor site (which used to be called Service Magic) is a free professional referral site. I have used Home Advisor for over 15 years to find professionals in the local area. What I really like about the site is the simplicity, easy to read and use format, the speed in which you get a response from the professionals who are registered with it, and the ability to quickly screen their prices and availability to complete the job. There are also reviews of the services online if you need.
With over 500 categories from Air Condition repairs through Window Washing or Window Replacement categories, there is someone in your immediate area that can speedily fix your problem or help build an addition or bar. (We found a great old world cabinet maker who actually built our beautiful bar). We’ve used it when the dishwasher broke, or had a plumbing or electrical problem that we wanted service quickly.
Besides the simplicity of clicking on the category, other tabs on the site include Pro-Reviews, a general Cost Guide, an Emergency Repair tab, and now they even have a Design Mine site where you can organize, share pictures, styles and spaces, and when you are ready to re-design hook you up with professionals who meet your idea needs.
I tried and signed up for Angie’s List a while back, which you have to pay for, and which seems to keep adding charges if you want additional categories. I found absolutely no advantage and found it time consuming. Its much harder to target what professional you need. Sometimes you type a category and its not exact, or the ads keep popping up for “discount” coupons, or who is giving out discounts that day. The reviews may be helpful..but when I need someone to fix something in my busy schedule, I don’t have all day to try to find the category, read a ton of reviews, and on top of it have to pay for it!
In my book, Home Advisor is worth a try, especially if you are new to Westchester County and do not have your local pro’s from plumbers to electricians or contracts in place!
Author:Thomas Ricapito Phone: 914-804-3048 Dated: October 6th 2013 Views: 16,283 About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...
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